Production of Argan Oil and the Tree Goats in Morocco

Argan oil is produced from the nuts from the Argan Tree. They claim it as even better than the virgin olive oil in reducing cholesterol and benefit the heart, gallbladder and liver.

It is amazing what you see on TV these days. I was attracted by the picture of goats walking around in the top of a tree. That’s right the goats actually walk around the tree tops eating the fruit. It is hard to believe because they can move so well being a hoof footed animal.

It was incredible to watch them snatch at the fruit and eat it. The stones of the fruit are very hard. Because of this the actual nut passes right through the goat and of course out the other end whole.

 

Nothing at all is Wasted

They use the cracked shells to burn on their fires and feed the fruit to the goats, then the remains of the seeds after the oil is removed is then fed to the cattle.

 

This oil is best used on salads and not used in cooking as heat can destroy the health benefits. This oil has also won a taste award.

Production of the oil

 

The local women then collect these nuts, and spend hours of labor as they smash the nut open to get the kernel.  This is then put under a grinding stone and crushed until the mixture slowly drips out into another bowl. This is then treated until the oil is separated. This becomes the extra virgin oil and they believe it to benefit to their health.

 

These women spend many long hours doing this. In fact they say that it will take one woman a couple of days to collect enough seeds to produce one liter of oil.  They have been producing this for centuries and t is 80% unsaturated and rich in omega. Therefore, it is very useful in reducing many health conditions.

 

The actual argan tree is covered with many thorns, so the locals wait until the fruit either falls or the goats do their work.  None of the fruit is wasted, the women peel the fruit off the nuts and then crack each nut with heavy stones and used the almond seeds to make the oil.

Argan Tree Goats in Morocco

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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

It is hard to believe the goats walk in the trees, isn't it? Very interesting and informational. Thank you for sharing Eileen...


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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Great to see the goats acting like birds. Reminds me of the Welsh mountain goats perching on crags. Good hub, Eileen.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Interesting hub. I have never heard of this before or sent goats in trees. Thanks for sharing this video and information.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

lctodd, yes it makes it harder to understand as they dont have anything to hang on with. thanks for reading

scarytaff, they are funny thats for sure. yes mountain ones tough too. thanks

pamela99, thanks for reading I hadnt heard of them until I saw them on TV.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

I brought Argan Oil back from Morocco. Makes a good gift because it is not to be had everywhere in the UK.

The goats are something special and although they are natural climbers their owners will teach them to climb trees on command. They do this especially at the side of roads leading to the Atlas Mountains or wherever. Tourists then see the goats in the trees and stop their car or taxi to take 'unusual photo' and goat owner appears asking for a token payment for having taken photo of her/his goats....oh and while you are here do you want to by a carpet?

Good Hub. Thank you.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Peter, that is great for their business so good business people. It is just so weird that the goats can climb on the thin branches.

It must have been a wonderful trip you had. What did the oil taste like similar to olive oil or I suppose more nutty.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

Eileen - yes you are right it is good business. It was a good trip...something pulls me to return. Maybe one day. As to the taste of the oil. I don't actually recollect it tasting much different to virgin olive oil.


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Wow! Thank you for this information. I love olive oil too much, I love goat cheese as well. But, this is interesting. More power to you Eileen Hughes.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Peter dickenson, I find it is always more interesting to see people in there natural state. We used to go to Bali a lot, but it is so commercialised with glass fronted shops thesedays that it has put us right off.

My first trip there in the 80's was best.

Teresa Laurente I enjoy the proper olive oil too. we have 2 olive trees actually 3 we wound two trees around each other so it looks like one. Anyway we dont make the oil but process the olives in many different ways.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Really nice information. I get new info about argan oil. I never know about this before. Thanks for showing me about this.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

prasetio30, Hope it gives you new idea for something to try. thanks.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Interesting! When I read the hub, I did not think the goats were actually in the trees; I was thinking the trees were tall, by the side of a mountain and the goats were on top of the mountain eating from the trees. Well, you learn something new everyday! Is Argan oil the same as almond oil? Just asking as it is made from an almond seed. I think I will try some on a salad, seriously, sounds good!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Support med, they call it an almond seed but I believe that is just the shape of the seed. As it is off the argan tree, not an almond tree. Thanks again for stopping by.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Interesting stuff Eileen. Aren't animals amazing?


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

ethel, they sure are and we would not want to be with out our special ones either. Thanks for stopping by


organicargan 6 years ago

Argan oil seems to be the only tree Goats like to climb


Aaron 6 years ago

I use Argan Oil in my hair hair serum and its great for taming frizzy hair. Have a look at www.beatfrizzyhair.com for more info.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

I am glad it works for you. It is great oil.

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